DNP in Anesthesia
The Rutgers School of Nursing Anesthesia Program, formerly the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, has been accredited by the COA since its inception in 2004, and received the maximum ten year re-accreditation in 2018. With a 91% first attempt pass rate on the National Certification Examination for all of its graduates, a 100% employment rate and excellent student and employer satisfaction data, the program has established a reputation for excellence.
The DNP curriculum will prepare our graduates for the full scope of nurse anesthesia practice in a variety of clinical settings.
Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
All of the in-person classes are held at the Newark campus only.
Credits to Completion
85 credit course of study with a minimum of 2,500 clinical hours will be taken in a 36 Month Full Time Plan of Study. The curriculum is divided into an initial Didactic Phase for the first year, followed by the gradual integration of the Clinical Specialty Phase, which continues to include a didactic course of study.
Program Outcome Measures
View program outcome measures for the Nurse Anesthesia DNP Program (pdf)
Plans of Study
- 36 Month - Nurse Anesthesia Full Time Plan of Study
- Didactic Phase - The curriculum begins with a didactic phase during which many of the DNP core and scientific foundation courses are taken, providing the underpinnings for, and introduction to, the specialized curriculum that follows. There are eleven courses (32 credits) in the didactic phase that will be available in either distance format or in an executive model that combines web-based learning with face-to-face instruction.
- Anesthesia Clinical Specialty Phase - The final 24 months of study include 39 credits of didactic course work and 14 credits of clinical anesthesia practicum. These courses are offered only in the traditional or hybrid format, and are taken as part of a full time course of study. Classes, lectures, simulation labs and workshops are held on the RBHS campus in Newark NJ. All of these courses concentrate on nurse anesthesia practice or on the development and implementation of the scholarly DNP project. The progression of didactic anesthesia specialty courses logically prepares students with the knowledge base essential to safe practice prior to, and as they enter, the clinical practicum; and then expands that knowledge base to include more complex topics in anesthesia. Students are well equipped to maximize their clinical learning experiences, implement evidence based practice and develop individual competence. A challenging clinical practicum consisting of a minimum of 2500 hours is offered at twenty premiere clinical affiliates in Northern New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area. Specialty rotations in cardiovascular/thoracic, neurosurgical, pediatric, and obstetrical anesthesia provide experiences that encompass the full scope of anesthesia practice. General anesthesia, sedation, spinal, epidural and peripheral nerve blocks are administered to patients of all ages, all levels of acuity, and for an extensive variety of procedures from simple elective surgeries to highly complex and emergent procedures.
Deadline to Apply
September 1st for May admission